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Nov 20

Coordinating box pleat pillows

I’ve said it before: Throw pillows are a tremendous rip-off. They often run $20 or more a piece, and they are one of the easiest things to sew. So let’s just all protest by making our own! This project lets you have fun with box pleats and learn to do an envelope style back. Use coordinating or contrasting fabrics so that something special “peeks out” between the pleats. I found this project at Sew4Home.


(Click fabrics for direct links for purchase at Warehouse Fabrics Inc.)

Polka dot in Robin Mocha - POYROA

Plaid Savannah/bluestone - SAHBLE

Pillow forms

I had 1.25 yards of the polka dot fabric and 3/4 yard of the plaid, and they were more than enough. I did the backs of both of my pillows in the polka dot, but you can vary it up. I used a 16″x16″ and a 14″x14″ pillow form, which slip right into the envelope backs.
We also worked with box pleats in the valance tutorial, gardening apron and ottoman slipcover.

The pattern

This easy-to-make project can be found here at Incidentally, I love their idea about recycling pillow forms. Simply store the pillow covers and use the forms in whatever pillow cover suits your mood at the time. Saves money and takes up less storage.

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  • Barbara Erwin

    Okay, you got me! I have plenty of small pieces of fabric in my workroom! I’m going to give these pillows a try.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Barbara Erwin

    Decorative pillows can be fun to make but not cheap. If you have noticed, cotton prices have sky pocketed! Batting for pillows is expensive. If not batting, buying pillow inserts add up. Have you checked the price of a 18″ x 18″ pillow form? Anywhere from $8 – $12+ depending on the quality.

    Pillows do not always take a lot of fabric I agree. Once again depending on the type fabric and any trim added, pillows can be expensive.

    Thank you for letting my voice my opinion.

  • admin

    Thanks for your comment, Barbara. I usually buy my pillow forms, stuffing and batting at Joann’s when it’s either on sale for 40%-50% off (which is often) or use a 40% or 50% off coupon, which I always seem to have so many of. I agree that it can become expensive if you don’t shop sales and with coupons!
    Another factor, for me, is the quality of pillows at many stores. A $20 pillow will have no interesting design elements or it will be very shoddily made. So even if I have to pay about the same amount to make my own, I can at least control the quality and what it looks like! Plus, it’s a fun activity for me.

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